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June 13, 2019

Center for Craft Receives $100,000 Matching Challenge from Sara and Bill Morgan to Support the Building the Future for Craft Campaign

In celebration of ᏔᎷᏣ The Basket

A successful 1 to 2 match will bring the Center to 96% of $11 million goal

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The Center for Craft received a $100,000 matching challenge from Sara and Bill Morgan to support the Building a Future for Craft campaign launched in 2017. The Morgan’s gift challenges other supporters to match ($1 dollar contributed to every $2 dollars raised) their campaign donation before the reopening of the Center for Craft this fall.

“Bill and I are honored to support the Center for Craft, which has done so much for the craft field,” said Sara Morgan. “It takes a village of people to build vital institutions to ensure the future of craft and our gift is structured to give incentive to others to give to this worthy campaign.”

Sara and Bill know well all it takes to build a strong craft organization and the positive impact it has on a community. Sara and friend Ann Lancaster created their own craft institution, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) in 2001. Now a leading arts organization dedicated to advancing education about the process, product, and history of craft, HCCC has made a lasting impact on local, regional, and national contemporary craft field.

“A gift from Sara and Bill is especially meaningful to us as colleagues guided by symbiotic missions,” said Stephanie Moore, Executive Director. “Many of the emerging artists and scholars the Center supports through fellowships and grants fully blossom at HCCC in residencies or exhibitions.”

Gifts to the Building a Future for Craft campaign fortify core programming, establish a fully endowed fellowship program for emerging talent, and create a 21st-century cultural destination in Asheville, NC. For more information visit:



Founded in 1996, the Center for Craft (formerly The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design) is the leading organization in the United States identifying and convening craft makers, curators, and researchers, and matching them with resources, tools, and networks to advance their careers. Over the years, the Center has become a vital community resource, serving thousands of visitors annually. As a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft, the Center administers more than $300,000 in grants to those working in the craft field. Follow the Center at, and on Facebook and Instagram.